View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Abortion: Leading cause of African American deaths

Yesterday we as a nation observed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I wonder how he would respond to the fact that more African-Americans are killed through abortion than by any other cause. His niece, Dr. Alveda King, has become an inspirational voice against abortion. She believes her uncle would have supported the protection of human life in the womb.

The numbers are stark. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that African-American women have 35% of abortions in the United States. African-American women have an abortion rate of 33.9 abortions per 1,000 black women of childbearing age. That is more than three times the rate of white women whose rate is 10.8 abortions for every 1,000 white women of childbearing age.

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) finds itself right in the middle of the horrendous destruction of so many African-American babies. As so aptly documented by Dr. Randy O’Bannon of National Right to Life, PPFA’s core market is “poor women of color.” PPFA with its urban strategy has, unfortunately, convinced government officials and a large portion of the public that it is just “helping” people in need. PPFA then pockets all of the government monies and pads its bottom line as the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Barbara Lyons

(From Wisconsin Right to Life's Life Voice Blog)

I think she is right on target: It's racial genocide.

And overall, NARAL gives the U.S. a "D" grade for abortions. I guess a million murders a year are not enough for them.


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